Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s move to outsource its common entrance test (CET) to MPOnline seems to have backfired as the contract was decided “in haste” without carrying out tender process. This issue was raised during finance committee meeting of the DAVV held last week after which the university has sought to know from the State government whether it can directly rope in MPOnline in the task of holding CET.

The government’s response is awaited even as advertisement for the CET continues to delay. Last month, the DAVV had decided to conduct CET in online mode and finalised MPOnline as its software partner. About a week ago, a proposal of over Rs 1 crore was put before finance committee for CET-2017. The finance controller and a representative of government in the finance committee had raised objections over deciding test conducting agency without tender process.

The duo had said that either MPPSC or Vyapam, both government agencies, would have been entrusted the responsibility of conducting the CET or else tender should have been floated if a private partner was to be chosen for the task. These objections forced the university to take government’s guidance over the issue. “The government’s reply is likely to come in a day or two. If the government okayed MPOnline as test conducting agency then we will go ahead without present format of exam or else the university would have to conduct CET-2017 on its own this year,” said an officer of DAVV wishing anonymity.

Meanwhile, DAVV has signaled at changing CET date as it is clashing with the date of common proficiency test (CPT). Both are scheduled to be held on June 18. “We are enquiring if any other entrance test is scheduled on June 18. If any other entrance test date is clashing with CET, then we may consider changing CET date,” said Anil Kumar, chairman of CET organising committee.

The CET is a national-level test conducted every year by the DAVV for admissions in professional and other courses offered by 11 of its teaching departments viz Institute of Management Studies, International Institute of Professional Studies, School of Commerce, School of Economics, School of Pharmacy, Electronic Multimedia Research Centre, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Law, School of Life Science, School of Electronics and School of Bio-Chemistry. Last year, CET was conducted for admission on 2140 seats. As many as 16874 candidates had appeared in the test.

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